Friday, July 12, 2013

"There's a huge bug on your head."

     The Japanese beetles are emerging!
  An invasive insect species native to Japan, the beetles aggresively eat plant foliage, damaging crops and gardens. When they emerge from the ground as adults, they seem to take over for about a month--mating, eating, laying eggs, and eventually dying. Their iridescent exoskeletons are kind of cool. They are terrible fliers and easy to catch. The good news for farmers and gardeners is they can be killed naturally and can be removed easily from plants by hand.
    Here are some pictures of a wad of Japanese beetles I found in my neighborhood.


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